Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia Banana Split
Magnolia Banana Split
NEW. Green pointed buds open to yellow-cream flowers up to 25cm long, with a purple stained midrib. May flowering. An excellent selection made by Philippe de Spoelberch, from a plant raised by August Kehr. (M. brooklynensis 'Woodsman' x M. 'Lennei') x M. 'Elizabeth'. Vigorous upright habit. Height about 4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Columnar Pink
Magnolia Columnar Pink
Deep pink cup shaped flowers, fade paler in April-May giving giving a long flowering season. Strong branched upright habit ideal for smaller gardens. A Maurice Foster selection. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95

Magnolia Daphne  AGM
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Magnolia Daphne AGM
NEW. One of the very best yellow flowered Magnolias. Deep yellow flowers in April and May after the worst frosts. It flowers at a young age, and is ideal for small gardens. A plant with upright habit, approx 2.5 metres in 10 years. A fantastic plant from Belgian Magnolia expert Philippe de Spoelberch. Best in acidic soils, but will tolerate neutral soils which have plenty of organic matter added.
£34.95
Magnolia Daphne AGM  Semi-Mature Tree
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Magnolia Daphne AGM Semi-Mature Tree
NEW. One of the very best yellow flowered Magnolias. Deep yellow flowers in April and May after the worst frosts. It flowers at a young age, and is ideal for small gardens. A plant with upright habit, approx 2.5 metres in 10 years. A fantastic plant from Belgian Magnolia expert Philippe de Spoelberch. Best in acidic soils, but will tolerate neutral soils which have plenty of organic matter added.
£79.95

Magnolia Daybreak  AGM
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Magnolia Daybreak AGM
Superb large scented blooms, deep pink on the outside, paler on the inside, flowering profusely in April and May. Strong growing columnar habit. Give shelter from cold winds. Height 2-4metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils. Raised by August Kehr at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and rated as one of his best magnolias. The original plant, registered in 1991, is 12 metres tall and only 2.5 metres...
£34.95
Magnolia Elizabeth  AGM
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Magnolia Elizabeth AGM
Fragrant cream to soft yellow flowers in late April/early May. The soft yellow flowers gradually fade to cream and the young unfurling leaves open to a dull reddish colour and turn to a dark green upper surface. An excellent deciduous cultivar which is very floriferous. Makes a broad spreading, vigorous small to medium sized tree. Magnolia acuminata was hybridised with M. denudata in 1956 at the Brooklyn...
£34.95

Magnolia Galaxy  AGM
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Magnolia Galaxy AGM
Striking purple pink to red slightly scented flowers in mid to late spring make a stunning statement in the garden. This plant makes a wonderful small to medium sized deciduous tree, initially upright in habit, but maturing to a pyramidal shape. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95
Magnolia Golden Gift
Magnolia Golden Gift
(H5) Deep yellow flowers which are borne in abundance. Later flowering avoids most frosts, and last well in spring. Best grown as multi stemmed shrub ideal for small gardens. Height 2.5 metres in 10 years. Best in rich well drained soils. Perfect for that 'Golden couple'!
£29.95

Magnolia Golden Pond
Magnolia Golden Pond
Large yellow tulip shaped flowers with narrow tepals, held upright on bare branches. Rich colour intensity during April-May. A fast growing large shrub or multi-stemmed tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. M. acuminata x M. denudata David Leach 1997.
£34.95
Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' AGM
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Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' AGM
(H5) NEW! This variety of M. grandiflora is a huge improvement on all the old cultivars, flowering from a young age on a smaller plant ideal for smaller gardens. Also displays greater winter hardiness. Free flowering spicy-lemon scented white flowers from May, through summer. Dark glossy leaves with foxy indumentum. Upright habit either free standing as a single stem or bush, or trained against...
£21.95

Magnolia Heaven Scent  AGM
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Magnolia Heaven Scent AGM
A magnificent small to medium sized deciduous tree, raised by Dr D Todd Gresham of Santa Cruz, California in 1955. Richly scented and free flowering pale pink tulip shaped flowers, getting darker towards the base, which open with horizontal tepals in April and May. A strong growing variety which prefers moist acid or neutral soils. Gresham started his Magnolia hybridisation programme in the mid 1950's...
£34.95
Magnolia Ian's Red
Magnolia Ian's Red
Large deep rich claret red flowers in March-April up to 20cm in diameter. A choice new variety from New Zealand with an upright bushy habit. Shelter from severe winds and frost. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. 'Ian's Red' is a hybrid between M. 'Vulcan' x M. soulangeana 'Burgundy'.
£34.95

Magnolia Judy Zuk
Magnolia Judy Zuk
NEW. Tulip shaped flowers with a beautiful suffusion of orange-yellow, and pink at base in April. Fruity fragrance. Upright in stature with candelabra shaped branching. A Magnolia brooklynensis hybrid reaching 4 metres in 10 years. This choice plant was named in honor of the former director of both the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Scott Arboretum, USA.
£34.95
Magnolia laevifolia 'Gail's Favourite'
Magnolia laevifolia 'Gail's Favourite'
Recently re-classified as Magnolia laevifolia 'Gail's Favourite' (syn Michelia 'Gails Favourite') Masses of brown flower buds open in spring to pure white scented blooms in April. A slow growing evergreen shrub with rounded dark green glossy foliage, and velvet brown undersides. Height 2m in 10 years. Shelter from strong winds. Best in lime free soils. Only recommended for milder areas of the UK.
£21.95

Magnolia laevifolia 'Mini Mouse'
Magnolia laevifolia 'Mini Mouse'
Recently reclassified from Michaelia to Magnolia, this low growing plant has brown buds opening to white globes and then white petals with yellow stamens when fully open. April-May flowering. Height 100-125cm in 10 years. Only recommended for milder regions of the country.
£21.95
Magnolia Leda
Magnolia Leda
NEW! Stunning pure white large cup and saucer flowers up to 20cm. Hardy, with an upright habit flowering early in March-April. Needs shelter from cold winds. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Needs moist acid/neutral soil First sold as cylindrica. Named after Swan Leda, Belgium. bred by Phillipe de Spoelberch in 1997, (M. cylindrica x M. campbellii var. alba)
£34.95

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'  AGM
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Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' AGM
Dark purple buds open to dark red purple flowers, paler inside, in late April to May. A slow growing, multi stemmed shrub. Height 150-175cm in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£21.95
Magnolia Mag's Pirouette  AGM
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Magnolia Mag's Pirouette AGM
NEW. White flowers with the outer tepals shorter than the inner ones, so there's an abundance of small flowers of good substance with a delightful citrus scent, flowering in April. A plant of compact habit, reaching around 3 metres in height. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content. Also known as Magnolia x loebneri Pirouette.
£34.95

Magnolia Norman Gould
Magnolia Norman Gould
Pure white cup shaped flowers with 8-9 tepals, with hint of pink at base in late March and April. Forms a vigorous multi-stemmed tree with prolific flowering from a young age. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. It tolerates neutral and alkaline soils, but grows best in moisture retentive soils with a good humus content. A polyploid selection of Magnolia kobus raised at RHS Wisley using colchinine treatment...
£29.95
Magnolia Pegasus AGM
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Magnolia Pegasus AGM
Pure white candle like flowers with delicate rays of pink-purple at the base. Flowering in April with 6 large upright tepals and 3 smaller outer tepals, with good frost tolerance. Cylindrical red fruiting cones in the autumn. A fast growing upright tree, possibly a hybrid between M. cylindrica and M. denudata, growing 2-4 metres high in 10 years, and then 15m at maturity. Please note this variety...
£34.95

Magnolia Premier Cru
Magnolia Premier Cru
Large bright deep pink flowers with a contrasting paler centre, that looks good in the landscape, early April. An excellent new introduction from expert Maurice Foster. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils. As Maurice says: "Like a glass of premier cru, it induces a happy and well disposed frame of mind" - and who can argue with that!
£34.95
Magnolia Pristine
Magnolia Pristine
Star-like white flowers on bare branches in April. A good hybrid between M. denudata x M. stellata 'Waterlily', and the flowers show more white tepals. Frost protect when young. It forms a small tree up to 3 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£34.95

Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95
Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
A lovely plant with pure white, large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young, as these can kill every bud, and hence the plant.
£19.95

Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'  AGM
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Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily' AGM
A selected form of Magnolia stellata with large pure white star-shaped scented flowers March and April. A slow growing shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Protect from late spring frosts when young.
£34.95
Magnolia Tiketare
Magnolia Tiketare
A good late flowering pink variety, with a slowly spreading habit. A fine new variety from New Zealand. Pink cup shaped flowers with darker stripes on the outside, and pure white on the inside. April-May flowering. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95

Magnolia Vulcan
Magnolia Vulcan
Large deep port wine and red, cup and saucer shaped flowers fading deep pink in May. Colour improves with age. Scented. Upright growing plant, that grows into a small tree in time Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Wildcat AGM
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Magnolia Wildcat AGM
A particularly floriferous soft pink opening to pure white star shaped flowers with 52 tepals about 10cm across. Long lasting flowers in March-April. Forms a large bushy plant, which is surprisingly tolerant of wind. Height 2-3 metres in 10 years. Best in sunny positions and grown in moist soils. This x loebneri hybrid was raised by Larry Langford in Tenessee, USA
£34.95

Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna' AGM
A recently introduced late flowering plant with huge 15 to 20cm wide flat-shaped white fragrant flowers in April. An extremely beautiful and hardy loebneri hybrid. Densely branched deciduous upright habit growing 3.0m in 10 years. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits...
£34.95
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' AGM
Lovely lilac buds open to beautiful star-like flowers with a pink flush. This is a very free flowering plant in April that makes a magnificent shrub or small tree. The flowers emerge before the foliage. An extremely popular shrub for the smaller garden that will perform best in full sun, and will tolerate any reasonable soil except waterlogged. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max...
£21.95

Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill' AGM
Gorgeous white scented flowers (up to 15cm wide) in late March and early April. This deciduous plant forms a large, spreading shrub or small to medium tree. It will perform best in full sun and in any reasonable soil except waterlogged. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits resulted and this is a great...
£19.95
Magnolia x soulangeana
Magnolia x soulangeana
Large tulip shaped white flowers with a rose-purple stain at the base. April and early May flowering, before the leaves appear. One of the best and most popular Magnolias for general planting, and will tolerate neutral clay soils and atmospheric pollution, but no good on shallow chalk soils. Usually forms a large shrub with wide spreading branches. Originally raised by M. Soulange-Bodin, who...
£21.95

Magnolia x soulangeana 'San Jose'
Magnolia x soulangeana 'San Jose'
Fragrant rose pink tulip-shaped flowers, with white on the inside. Flowering in late April, it makes a large, broad spreading, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub or small tree. Magnolia x soulangeana is the best known of all the Magnolias with 'cup and saucer' shaped blooms. It was first introduced by Etienne Soulange-Bodin, a cavalry officer in Napoleon's army. In 1820 he crossed Magnolia denudata with...
£34.95
Magnolia Yellow Lantern  AGM
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Magnolia Yellow Lantern AGM
Beautiful tall tulip shaped pale lemon flowers on a fastigiate small tree. Precocious early flowering on young plants during April-May. This deciduous plant flowers before the foliage appears. We have this plant at the entrance to our garden and it always looks fantastic, and creates lots of interest. This hybrid was raised in 1985 by the renowned Phil Savage of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Savage has...
£34.95